‘WORTHY CAUSES BOTH’.
Charity Cricket Matches at Eagley. Bolton Cricket League v Lancashire County, 5th September, 1922 & 1923
K Martin Tebay
Published by Red Rose Books, 2016
Original A5 textured red card wrappers, new.
iv + 24 pages, illustrated.
Limited edition of 33 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay.
The visit of a Lancashire County XI to play a Bolton Cricket League XI at the ground of Eagley Cricket Club on 5th September, 1922, was manna from Heaven for the inhabitants of the cotton town. The visiting eleven included the Tottington-born Mr Myles N Kenyon, who had promised in the Spring of 1922 to bring a Lancashire County XI over to Bolton to raise funds for the town’s Schools and Workshops for the Blind, and professionals of the calibre of the “Worsley wonder” John Tommy Tyldesley and his younger brother Ernest, and two of the “Westhoughton Tyldesleys”, Dick and Jimmy. With over 4,000 spectators paying admission the charity match, unsurprisingly, was a great success. However, it was the last occasion that the Lancashire CCC professional cricketer James Darbyshire (Jimmy) Tyldesley, who had learned his trade playing for Westhoughton CC in the Bolton and District Cricket League, would be seen on a cricket field; barely four months later the talented all-rounder died in tragic circumstances in a Bolton nursing home. The sudden death of the popular cricketer came as a great shock to all Lancashire cricket followers and the Bolton and District Cricket League started a fund for the deceased’s widow and family in the Spring of 1923. After corresponding with the Lancashire CCC Committee throughout the summer, a benefit match was duly arranged; coincidentally, it was to take place exactly one year on from the previous match noted, at the same venue, and would feature many of the same players. Thankfully, the second match, too, was a success, and the booklet tells the story of both charity matches played at Eagley and recalls the funeral of Jimmy Tyldesley, attended by the great and the good of Lancashire cricket.
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